Summary of Proposed New Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new federal student loan repayment plan, called REPAYE. It is based on the existing Pay As You Earn (PAYE) plan.  Key differences from PAYE are summarized below. For more information about LSC’s work on behalf of student loan borrowers, visit the Project on Predatory Student Lending. Eligible […]

Project on Predatory Student Lending Attorney Toby Merrill in Washington Post on Corinthian Student Debt

Last week, one of the country’s biggest career college chains completed its collapse… But allegations that the company lied about the success of its programs and trapped students in predatory loans ultimately led to its downfall. Now 16,000 students are left without degrees for programs that many took on debt to complete. Hundreds of others are fighting […]

Project on Predatory Student Lending Releases Poster Explaining Rights and Options of Students Who Attended Closed Everest Schools

LSC’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, along with the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, released a poster showing rights and options of students at the two Massachusetts Everest schools, as well as other Corinthian-owned schools that closed or are in the process of closing. For-Profit Corinthian Colleges agreed to shut down […]

LSC Files Amicus Brief with Law Professors in Third Circuit MERS Case

Last Monday, on March 23rd, the Predatory Lending Unit of the Legal Services Center filed an amicus brief with the Third Circuit urging it to uphold a groundbreaking decision from Judge Curtis Joyner of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which found that the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) violated the Pennsylvania Recording Statute by failing to document […]

LSC Presents: The 3rd Annual People’s Law School: Community Education Workshops

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School Presents The 3rd Annual People’s Law School: Community Education Workshops Saturday, March 28th 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm 122 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130 (Directly next to the Stony Brook MBTA station on the Orange Line) This is a Free Event Appointment Required for Income Tax Filings For More Information Call […]

Students Reflect on LSC’s Role in their Pursuit of Public Interest Careers

In a recent post on the HLS Admissions Blog, two students of the Project on Predatory Student Lending wrote about Building a Public Interest Career at HLS.  They name four building blocks for a career in public interest law, including clinical work.  Of their experience at LSC, they write: Clinics are a key part of […]

LSC’s Project on Predatory Student Lending Featured on German Public Television

The Project on Predatory Student Lending was recently featured on Welstpiegel (“World Mirror”), the Sunday evening newsmagazine of ARD Television, the largest national public broadcaster in Germany.  The segment (video) features the Project’s clinical students holding a meeting at LSC, as well as an interview with Toby Merrill, the Project’s director. The segment begins with footage […]

Creating Community: A Social Justice Artwork Project

  Through a unique collaboration, the Legal Services Center was the site of an art dedication on February 26th titled Creating Community:  A Social Justice Artwork Project.  The artists and guests of honor at the event were more than 50 sixth-graders from the Helen Y. David Leadership Academy in Dorchester, along with their teachers and […]

Project on Predatory Student Lending Student Saves Client Over $40,000

The Project on Predatory Student Lending recently helped save a client over $44,000.  A problem in his federal student loan consolidation left him with several defaulted loans.  He came to the clinic because he was struggling to repay his loans, and because he did not understand why he still had defaulted loans after his consolidation. […]

The Legal Services Center Releases a Know Your Rights Video Series on the Basic Rights of Foreclosure and Eviction for Residents of Massachusetts

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School has released a Know Your Rights video series consisting of 97 videos informing residents of Massachusetts their legal rights when faced with foreclosure or eviction. The videos are a product of the Mattapan Initiative — a free legal services anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program created in 2013 […]